West Plains School District Annual Performance Results
The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has released the Missouri school district Annual Performance Reports (APR). Previously, the APR measured student performance by a points system to distinguish Missouri school buildings and school systems and to determine district accreditation. Schools no longer compete for percentage points but are now encouraged to look within for processes which impact student growth.
For the 2019, APR data will continue to be published to address MSIP performance standards; targets and expectations will also remain the same. However, there will be no points assigned. The APR Supporting Data report shows more in-depth information on map data, graduation rates, and college and career readiness. Multi-year data are represented statistically and visually, allowing schools to focus on student and school growth data rather than points. An APR Summary Report features colored bar charts that show if the district is at floor, approaching target, on track, or on target.
The West Plains School district scored at the state average in science, English Language Arts (ELA), and mathematics (MA). There will be no state scores for the non-operational government test from spring 2019. District attendance and graduation rate exceed the state average, while advanced placement and postsecondary placement are on target. Changes in response to Missouri statute 167.128, and the federal ESEA waiver, assisted in an increase in subgroup success with district special education achievement above the state average in both ELA and MA.
Dr. Julie Williams, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction added, “We are grateful for such great parental and community support. Outstanding staff give diligence to providing the highest quality education for our students. The new APR format reminds districts to focus on the growth of each child. We wish to take each student from where he or she is and to offer opportunities for individual progress at maximum levels.”